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Read the Squadron History here.


 

RCAF #162 Squadron,  Canso aircraft #11062 

This page is dedicated to the men of  RCAF #162 Squadron,  Canso aircraft #11062 

which crashed on July 29, 1944 on Foula Island, Shetland Islands, while returning from a sub hunting mission.

 

Front Row:  WO2 Robert Densmore Harvey, F/S ElliottCourtney Watson, (Survivor)WO2 John H. Knight , F/S Robert Wilford ErnestTownsend.

Back Row: F/O Abram Hildebrand, F/O Willis Hilson Lloyd, F/OGeorge Gordon Bradshaw, P/O James Edwin Bowler.


On July 29, 1944 Canso Consolidated flying boat RCAF # 11062 took off from Reykjavik Iceland on a sub hunting mission. The aircraft was to land at RAF Wick, but heavy fog had moved into the area, the flight destination was moved from Wick to RAF Stornoway on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The aircraft took the turn to the new destination, but never arrived. It crashed into a high hill on the Island of Foula, in the Shetland Islands.

This is the spot where Canso 11062 crashed into Humnafield.

Photo by David W. Earl


 


Halifax Chronicle Herald Story July 29, 2006


Crew Information

The following information is from Veterans Affairs Canada,Virtual war memorial.

 

 

Robert Densmore Harvey

 

Service Number: R/104154

Age: 29

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F. 162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of James and Celia Ethel Harvey, Ellershouse, Nova Scotia, Canada  Husband of Myrtle Evelyn Harvey, of Hantsport, Nova Scotia.

Buried: Lerwick New Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Grave Reference: Terrace 7B, Grave 21

Elliott Courtney Watson

Service Number: J/48690

Age: 20

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F. 162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of James E. Watson and Mary E. Watson, of Sarina, Ontario, Canada

 

Buried: Lerwick New Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Grave Reference: Terrace 7B, Grave 20

Robert Wilford Ernest Townsend

Service Number: R/98669

Age: 21

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F. 162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of Robert and Mabelle Townsend of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada

Buried: Lerwick New Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Grave Reference: Terrace 7B, Grave 19

 

Abram Hildebrand

Service Number: J/22309

Age: 27

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F. 162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of Peter and Tina Hildebrand, of Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada

Buried: Lerwick New Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Grave Reference: Terrace 7B, Grave 25

 

 

Willis Hilson LLoyd

 

Service Number: J/27896

Age: 23

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F .162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of Charles Henry and Carrie Elizabeth Lloyd

Buried: Lerwick New Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Grave Reference: Terrace 7B, Grave 23

George Gordon Bradshaw

Service Number: J/23139

Age: 31

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F .162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of the Revd. George Karn Bradshaw, BA and of Florence Edith Watts Bradshaw, of Coburg, Ontario, Canada; husband of Margaret Doreen Bradshaw, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, B.A. LL.B

Buried: Lerwick New Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Grave Reference: Terrace 7B, Grave 24

 

James Edwin Bowler

Service Number: J/45278

Age: n/a

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F .162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Son of fred and Emma Bowler, of Bartonville, Ontario, Canada

 

Buried: Lerwick New Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Grave Reference: Terrace 7B, Grave 22

Funeral Bill

 

John H. Knight (Survivor)

 

Service Number: 

Age: 

Force: Air Force

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force

Unit: R.C.A.F .162 (RAF) Squadron Sqdn

Additional Information:

Obituary Link

Buried: Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Grave Reference: 

All material here has been provided by Families or Public records.


 

Copyright Michael K. Harvey

With contributions by many others.